Giants headed for wholesale changes as organization hits rock bottom

Giants President & CEO John Mara said the only recourse for how bad things have gotten in recent years was a clean slateGETTY IMAGES

The retirement of Giants GM Dave Gettleman and the firing of coach Joe Judge this week seem to "mark the first realization" by Giants President & CEO John Mara and co-Owner Steve Tisch that "wholesale changes, not just in names but in philosophies and ways of doing business, are necessary for the Giants to return to some level of competitive competence," according to Tom Rock of NEWSDAY. They are not choosing candidates from "among in-house employees past or present the way they have in the past." Mara said, "I want to go through a complete process here, interview as many people as possible. I don’t want to rush into anything. We made that mistake in the past." Rock writes the Giants may "potentially come to a decision by the end of next week," in terms of choosing their next GM. From there, they will "move on to finding a head coach, with the new general manager leading that search." Even that part will have "no predispositions." Mara: "There are no package deals." Rock writes the Giants have "long been an organization that prided itself on stability and tried -- sometimes even with a level of success -- to refurbish rather than rebuild." Things have "gotten so bad in recent years," though, that Mara said that the "only recourse was a clean slate" (NEWSDAY, 1/13).

NEW LOWS: In New Jersey, Art Stapleton writes Mara admitted yesterday that this is the "lowest moment with regard to the team," having "turned a once-proud franchise into a punching bag across the NFL landscape." Mara on the '21 season said, "I kept thinking we had hit rock bottom, and then each week it got a little worse. We just got to a point where I thought we had dug ourselves a hole so deep that I didn't see a path out of it unless we blew it up." Mara and Tisch are "putting the focus on the GM search," and then allowing the GM to "influence the head coaching search." Stapleton: "We'll see if they get it right this time" (Bergen RECORD, 1/13).ESPN’s Damien Woody: “Now the Giants are the embarrassment in this town. The Jets are the ones that seem to have a plan and are moving in the right direction. I think they have to, from top to bottom, reevaluate everything in that organization" ("Get Up," ESPN, 1/13).

STARTS AT THE TOP: In N.Y., Paul Schwartz writes Mara, who is "involved in every aspect of the football operation," is the "front man for all of the failure and he has lost the faith the fans once had in him." Schwartz: "Why should anyone believe Mara will get this right when almost everything for too long has gone so wrong?" Mara said, "I haven’t given them any reason to believe that. It’s up to me to make the right choices, up to Steve and I to make the right choices going forward to earn back their trust, and that is not gonna be an overnight process" (N.Y. POST, 1/13). On Long Island, Bob Glauber writes the "state of the franchise is a mess," and Mara knows he "cannot defend it." Mara also knows "nothing he can say now will assuage fans who have become so disgusted with the losing that they’ve started to lose interest in the team" (NEWSDAY, 1/13). In N.Y., Steve Serby writes Mara is the "reason" the franchise "has fallen." Serby: "Another mea culpa, an acknowledgment that he has never been more embarrassed over the plight of his Giants, won’t stop the angry emails that are coming at him again, won’t soothe the savage beast inside the Giants fan." No one knows "better than the Giants fan" that there are "no guarantees Mara will get it right this time." Mara is a "good man," but "loyalty to a fault has been a fault of his in the football domain" (N.Y. POST, 1/13).WFAN’s Gregg Giannotti said of Mara, “I know sometimes you're a prisoner of the moment, as they say, where the thing that you're living in feels like the worst. But he sounded like he put some thought into that and really does believe that right now is the most embarrassed he's ever been" (“Boomer and Gio,” WFAN, 1/13).

NOT GOING ANYWHERE: In N.Y., Pat Leonard writes yesterday's takeaway was that Mara's family will "remain steadfastly in charge, involved and less accountable for this franchise’s futility than anyone else in the building, starting with Mara himself." They are "digging in their heels" when they should be "changing their shoes for hiking boots." Give credit to Mara "at least for speaking Wednesday." Tisch did not talk and has "no plans to do so." Tisch "should have to answer" for Judge’s firing in particular, because sources say that Mara was the one who "initially wanted to give the coach a third year, but Tisch pushed to blow it up after failing to achieve a full reset two years ago" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/13).


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